Category Archives: Inspiration

Get ready to knit…fast!!!

Since we had such an amazing response to our first speed knitting contest, we’re cooking up another one. Lots of you also requested that we host one over a weekend when you have more time to knit, and we’re more than happy to oblige. Mark your calendars, ladies and gents, our next speed knitting contest will begin at 4pm Pacific time on June 12th, just in time for Knit In Public Day!! I can’t tell you what we’re going to be ...

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I finished my Montavilla Market Tote.

Here’s a pic–the project looks nicer than my gloomy pic shows Actually I finished it this weekend while watching the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, “30 Days of Night” about vampires that attack an Alaska town in winter. I was alone and it was dark and I was gripping my needles with all my might. It’s quite a bit smaller than the original tote pattern called for because, well, I’m short. I made the the body about ...

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UFO is done!!!

The UFO KAL has been an inspiration to me… I had started a pair of socks a couple of years ago (well that’s how long it’s been since KP has sold the yarn!)… it was very sad, laying in a forgotten bag, the needles stripped (two circs) from it… the color was Memories “Easter”… The name inspired a deadline–get it done by Easter! I finished knitting them using the magic loop method (I used Options fixed ...

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What does one wear under a kilt?

KILT HOSE! (what did you think I was gonna say? This is a family show!) I have to admit I love kilt hose. I even wrote a paper in college about the phantom bagpiper on my campus, who I’d see walking around piping with his stockings gleaming in the midday sun. There’s just something so regal about a pair of elegant hose. As handknit or even fine kilt hose is quite expensive to order these days, ...

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Progress! Well, some at least.

I’ve just crossed the halfway point for the sleeves on hubby’s sweater! It’s very weird going from knitting one large body to two small sleeves, and having to repeat the same round twice. So, I’ve had to tink a lot and haven’t made as speedy progress as I’d like! They’re just about long enough to reach his elbows… and my knee! These felt so nice as legwarmers when I put them ...

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Slouchy Hat Madness

The past few months I’ve pretty much just working on projects for other people & last week I decided I needed to do something quick for myself…which turned into 2 quick projects, which turned into 3! All were slouchy hats – I think I may need an intervention! 🙂 First was Ysolda Teague’s Ripley pattern (Ravelry link) Took just a little bit over one hank of Swish Bulky in Garnet Heather. Man, this yarn is so soft & fun to ...

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Holiday Fun!

To get into the Christmas spirit, everyone at the office dressed up in holiday sweaters today and brought in cookies. Things were very festive around here. KP was the most festive department by far. Who knew what our designers could do with LED lights and tinsel?! The guys around here are really good sports too. It’s fun going into meetings when everyone is smiling. You can’t wear a sweater ...

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Winner of the photo contest!

Congratulations to October Phillips, winner of our Behind the Scenes Photo Contest. Thanks to everyone who sent in their guesses. The answers are: Photo 1 – Town Slippers – 40130 (the spats specifically) Photo 2 – Traveling Stitch Socks from Knitting a Perfect Pair – 31210 Photo 3 – Arden Bag – Red and Black – 40133 Photo 4 – Ribbed Cap from One Skein Wonders – 30858 <

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Final sock knitting videos!

Here are the final two sock class videos. The first one will walk you through how to make your decreases for the toe, and then the second video shows you how to do the Kitchener stitch to close the toe. Once you’re finished with the toe, you’re all set! I’ve also added the new videos to the list of sock class videos so you can find them all in one place in the Sock KAL. ...

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Santa Hats on Parade!

Last year when Brooke Higgins designed Sheldon’s career costumes, she also made him a cute little Santa hat. When Melissa was working on the design for Grumpy, the lump of coal, we realized that if she knit the hat out of Palette instead of Shine, it would be Grumpy sized instead of Sheldon sized. Well, that got us thinking… What if you knit the same pattern out of Andean Treasure? Or Gloss Lace? Or Suri ...

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